Pros And Cons Of The Patriot Act

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The Patriot Act was created in response of September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the US. The USA Patriot Act was passed by the United States Government and signed by former President George on October 26, 2001. The Act was passed around in many areas in House of Congress and was supported by the both Republican and Democratic parties. (Jenks) In the year of this law being processed there was huge discussions regarding the pros and cons of this bill. There has been and still are many debates concerning this law.
During the law signing ceremony on October 2001 Bush gave a speech saying, “The existing law was written in the era of rotary telephones, this new law I sign today will allow surveillance of all communications used by terrorist, including …show more content…

The Patriot Act was designed to help law enforcements in the fight against terrorist, future terrorist attacks, and to help gather information. A positive result to the Act is that it gives an increase of surveillance systems and allows the federal government to capture and monitor many different ways to communicate. An example of this would be, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) development and use of an intercepting program called the Carnivore. This Program allowed the FBI to capture, record, and sort digital communications like a computer email or a text message. The FBI discontinued the Carnivore program in 2002, the organization wanted a more gainful product instead. (media) The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had an advantage from the USA Patriot Act and really wanted Congress to have it reauthorized in 2005. The Patriot Act broke down road blocks within the intelligence community and allowed a more collaborative way of sharing information globally which was a huge advantage to fighting terrorism. The Patriot Act was reauthorized in 2006 and 2010-2011. (Charles P.

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